Update: The Master’s in Public Policy program is not requiring GRE scores for Fall 2023 applicants.

UCF’s public policy certificate and degree prepare students to understand the interdependence of public administration and policy research with a major focus on evaluation and decision-making in a collaborative environment. Based at UCF Downtown, the School of Public Administration’s programs are strategically placed a short distance from dozens of government offices, nonprofits and thinktanks, which provide opportunities for students to gain immersive experiences. This professional degree program and graduate certificate enable you to apply evidence-based policy formulation, implementation and evaluation frameworks in an area that fits your research interests in environmental, education, immigration, homeland security, criminal justice, health policy and more.

Degree Programs

We offer several courses in a variety of modalities such as face-to-face, online and mixed-mode to meet your needs.

Public Policy, MPP
Cross-Sectoral Leadership, Undergraduate Certificate
Public Policy Analysis, Graduate Certificate

What to expect with a public policy degree.

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